Making Marfa: Technical Encumbrances and Creative Resistance in Donald Judd’s Ten(?) Concrete Buildings

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2009-10-01
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Whitehead, Rob
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Architecture

The Department offers a five-year program leading to the Bachelor of Architecture degree. The program provides opportunities for general education as well as preparation for professional practice and/or graduate study.

The Department of Architecture offers two graduate degrees in architecture: a three-year accredited professional degree (MArch) and a two-semester to three-semester research degree (MS in Arch). Double-degree programs are currently offered with the Department of Community and Regional Planning (MArch/MCRP) and the College of Business (MArch/MBA).

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The Department of Architecture was established in 1914 as the Department of Structural Design in the College of Engineering. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Architectural Engineering in 1918. In 1945, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering. In 1967, the name was changed to the Department of Architecture and formed part of the Design Center. In 1978, the department became part of the College of Design.

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  • Department of Structural Design (1914–1918)
  • Department of Architectural Engineering (1918–1945)
  • Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering (1945–1967)

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On an elevated plinth of west Texas prairie grass land, in a visually isolated corner of the Chinati Foundation grounds, sit two unfinished examples of Donald Judd’s final experiment in uniting art, architecture and nature. These imaginative and enigmatic concrete building shells have the same spare material expression, rigid proportioning system and the unnerving structural thinness that one would expect from Judd’s three-dimensional work. These buildings are part of a larger geometrically ordered complex of ten buildings designed specifically to house twelve works of art, unsurprisingly, also created by Donald Judd.

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